Udupi: ‘Khursa Thaun’-Play depicting the passion and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ evokes awe and admi

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By Dr. Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi, 25 Mar 2013: The long awaited play based on the last phase of the life of Jesus Christ with emphasis on his passion and Crucifixion, the first of its kind in the newly formed Udupi Diocese was presented  in the premises of Mother of Sorrows Church, Udupi on the Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 7 to 10 pm. Nearly 70 actors  from Udupi and neighbouring  parishes were part of the  presentation of epic proportion presented on a huge stage divided into three parts.  As the play progressed there was absolute silence, awe, reverence and admiration.


It was quite a challenging proposition to present such a play with so many actors and such as huge stage. The credit for such a  meticulous and flawless presentation goes to the writer of the play, Walter Monteiro, director John Permannur, assistant   director Prof. Vincent Alva, producer Rev. Fr. Fred Mascarenhas, Parish Priest of Mother of Sorrow Church, Udupi and blessing of Most Rev. Dr. Gerlad Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi and all the actors who have been practicing for the last one and a half month.



All the actors performed their respective roles with great responsibility and authenticity. Alphonse D’Costa did full justice to his role as Jesus Christ  so also other actors.  The stage arrangement, light effect and the background music were appropriate to the scenes.


The play opened with the scene of John the Baptist, ably played by Charles Quadros of Moodubelle baptizing the people who came to him on the bank of river Jordan including Jesus. Before the final stage of the passion and Crucifixion of Jesus, his teachings and  few of his miracles such as giving sight to a blind man named Jacob and casting out demon from a rich merchant  have been shown. Bedsides these scenes, other episodes such as testing of Jesus by the Pharisees on the question of a fallen woman and cleansing of the temple by Jesus by driving out the merchants and traders from the temple premises was also enacted.


The triumphant entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem was shown earlier. The Last Supper, betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot, arrest of Jesus and his being taken to the high priests-Annas, Kaifas and later to Pilot, played convincingly by Fr. Jerome Monteiro, parish priest of St. Antony’s Church, Kuntalnagar, to Herod and back to Pilot were presented in detail. Scourging at the pillar, thrusting the crown of thorns, the way of the cross, Jesus’ meeting Mary, Simon of Siren helping Jesus to carry the cross, lamentation of the women of Jerusalem and finally the crucifixion were authentically presented.


On the whole,  the entire play was presented with great passion by the actors who had spent nearly one and half month practicing the same. Credit is due to John Permannur for his meticulous  direction and Prof. Vincent Alva for the coordination.  The capacity  audience was spellbound and remained till the end of the play.


There were two actors from Moodubelle who played their roles with conviction-Charles Quadros who played the role of John the Baptist and Ignatius Monis who enacted the role of Nicodemus, the Pharesee who was sympathetic towards the teachings of Jesus Christ and differed with other anti-Jesus Pharesees.




Prior to the beginning of the play, a short stage programme was organized. Rev. Fr. Fred Mascarenhas in his introductory cum welcome address said that it has been a dream to have religious plays in Udupi during the Lenten season on the model of the plays staged in Mangalore. This dream came to be realized following the establishment of the new diocese of Udupi and the support and encouragement given by the Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo. It was felt that the a beginning should be made by involving the local talent in bringing out a play that would  inspire the people of the diocese. Hence, “Khursa Thaun” was the result of such an attempt.


Bishop Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo honoured the writer of the play Walter Monteiro, director John Permannur and assistant director Prof. Vincent Alva by presenting them shawls and garlands. The CD comprising of the songs of the play was also release during this occasion. In his message, Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo appreciated  the efforts of the writer, directors and Fr. Fred Mascarenhas in producing such a great play during the Lenten season. He said that all the artists are amateur and one should not have  high expectation from these actors. However, at the end one and all could see that all the actors performed wonderfully well. The stage programme was compeered by  Gracian Bothello.



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Jerry Fernandes, Belman/Mumbai Tue, March-26-2013, 2:27
Very good coverage of the play with detailed report and numerous photographs with clear focus on the parishioners and the artists.Congratulations to Dr.Eugene for the entire tireless coverage and to the organisers for putting up such a big performance.
subhash, udupi Mon, March-25-2013, 11:38

ಡಿಕೋಸ್ಟ ಸರ್ ಕ್ರಿಸ್ತನ ಪಾತ್ರ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದರು ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಕೇಳಿ ತುಂಬಾ ಖುಷಿಯಾಯಿತು, ಅವರೊಬ್ಬ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಪ್ರತಿಭಾವಂತ ಶಿಕ್ಷಕರೂ ಹೌದು. ನಾನು ಅವರ ಸ್ಟೂಡೆಂಟ್  ಆಗಿದ್ದೆ, ತುಂಬಾ ಶಿಸ್ತಿನ ಮತ್ತು ಪಾಠದ ವಿಷಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಕಠಿಣ ಶಿಕ್ಷಕ ಅವರು. ಅವರಿಗೆ, ಈ ನಾಟಕದ ನಿದೇ೯ಶಕ ಮತ್ತು ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅಭಿನಂದನೆಗಳು.

  ಈ ನಾಟಕವನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಭಾಷಾಂತರಿಸಬೇಕು ಮತ್ತು ಕೊಂಕಣಿ ಬಾರದ ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಮಂದಿ ನೋಡುವಂತಾಗಬೇಕು, ಸಹೋದರತೆ, ಮಾನವೀಯತೆ, ಕಷ್ಟ ಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆ, ಪರೋಪಕಾರ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಆದಶ೯ಗಳು ಮರೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಈ ಸಂದಭ೯ದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಾತಿ ಧಮ೯ದ ಬೇಧ ಇಲ್ಲದೇ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಕ್ರಿಸ್ತನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿದುಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಅವಕಾಶ ಆಗಬೇಕು.

Lucy Rodrigues, Moodubelle/Mumbai Mon, March-25-2013, 10:49
Thanks for the great report and nice pics. Very glad to see our Benny Master and Eugene Teacher. Thank you BV team. God bless you all.
jennifer, udupi,karnataka Mon, March-25-2013, 10:35
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Mon, March-25-2013, 2:17
Thanks Dr. Eugene for presenting this great pictorial report! If pictures are so good...being present there would have been a great feeling and devotion. Udupi Diocese is shaping up and growing beautifully!
Ajay Martis, Udupi Mon, March-25-2013, 10:53

Hats off .... Great job by the team. Looking at the pictures and the report from Dr. Eugene DSouza. It looks like very professionally directed drama along with the great actors. Good team work, superb dress code and make up, keep it up guys. This drama should be played in every church in the diocese. God bless you all.

Sripati Acharya, Marne, MOodubelle Mon, March-25-2013, 10:47
Apart from the drama pictures and report, I glad to see my favourite retired teachers Benny master well known as headmaster, Eugene teacher and Thejju teacher. May God bless them in good health, happiness and long life.
Victor Castelino, Boliye/Dubai Mon, March-25-2013, 4:50
During our school days under the leadership of late Mr Henry D silva of Udyavara, these kind of religious plays were staged in the premises of Udyavara church almost every year and we were taken in groups by our teachers to watch these shows. I still remember the plays staged by these artistes and one of the plays was the fifteen mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary which is still vivid in my mind. It is heart warming to learn that these plays are back. The artistes need our whole hearted support.
Sunil Fernandis, Dubai/ Udupi Mon, March-25-2013, 4:07
Thank you Dr. Eugene and bellevision team for the nice report and wonderful pictures. Many thanks to the organisers for taking trouble to organize such a great show. This will surely help in building unity among the various parishes of the diocese. Hoping to see many more such events in future.
Walter D Mello, Udupi Mon, March-25-2013, 4:00
Kudos to the organizers, directors, actors and the entire crew who contributed immensely for the thrilling success of this religious play. Undoubtedly this is great initiative by the newly formed Udupi Diocese in tapping the home talents in a mammoth show like Khursa Thaun. We wish every success in your future endeavours. God Bless you all!
Alphonse Mendonsa, Pangla/Abu Dhabi Sun, March-24-2013, 10:13
Wow, what a wonderful drama and performance. I could see through the wonderful picture over here the essence and presentation and acting skills of main Characters. Kudos to all involved in presentation this beautiful, holy drama on the occasion of Holy week and Lenten Season. Great report and pics by Dr. Eugine. Hats off to you sir. Great Work, Well Done
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